1. Easy meals - our meal tonight includes seven ingredients: beef, red wine, coffee, ketchup, sweet potatoes, butter, frozen peas. Perfect make-ahead meal. We returned from the day to a delicious smell of roasting beef. I typically prepare most dinners when we're on family vacations - it allows for healthier and more relaxing meals.
2. Lots of laughter. Doesn't this picture just make you smile?
3. People you love.
4. Long days with nothing to accomplish. Today we visited Huntington Beach State Park. Bequeathed to the state of South Carolina by Anna Hyatt and Archer Huntington, the park is comprised of 6,600 acres - including three miles of coastline. Beautiful salt marshes contain alligators, mink, and bald eagles.
Anna and Archer built a moor-style brick home in the 1930's, employing 100 local craftsman to create their home, Atalaya. Anna was a world-famous sculptor - her husband was an art historian and philanthropist. Later in the week, we'll be visiting her gardens that include many sculptures.
5. Sun, sand, and waves are recommended - but not required.